Wolfers Lighting Blog

Wolfers Lighting Spotlight: Meet Marty Whitney

Posted on Feb 25, 2018 by Andrea

It's time to shine the spotlight on another one of our amazing staff members. Today, we'd like you to meet Marty Whitney, who works out of our Waltham lighting showroom.

We could go on and on about how terrific she is, but we thought we'd let one of our customers do that for us. See, we received a nice letter from one of Marty's clients, which said, "Marty was extraordinarily generous with her time, knowledgeable, affable, and unflappable. I suspect you already know how exceptional Marty is but I want to say that having a staff member of her caliber reflects extremely well on Wolfers and has made me a loyal customer going forward."

We asked Marty to sit down with us for a little Q&A. Here's what she had to say:

Q: What's your official title and how long have you been with Wolfers?

Marty: I've been with Wolfers for three years as an ALA Lighting Specialist in Waltham, and I'm transitioning to the System 7 and Wolfers project team this spring. I'll be working on projects that include lighting as well as lighting controls, automated shades, and A/V. I'm excited to be joining the project team and look forward to branching out further into home automation and technology!  

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Romantic Lighting that We Love

Posted on Feb 14, 2018 by Andrea

 

Ah, love is in the air! In honor of Valentine's Day, we're pulling together some of our favorite lighting tips and applications that will help create a romantic atmosphere in your home.

1. Remember, dimming is your friend. There's a reason why your favorite restaurant dims the lights—it helps make for an intimate and cozy setting. When it comes to your home, use dimmers to adjust the lights—or take advantage of full lighting control by using an app on your phone.

2. Think in terms of "warm" color temperature. When we hear the words "romantic evening," most of us probably think of candlelight dinners or snuggling up by the fireplace. What is it about these things that scream "romance"? The warm, amber lighting. So warming up the color temperature of your ambient light can have the same effect.

  • Try warm-dim lamps in your usual fixtures, which will shift to amber as they dim.



  • If you have fixtures with exposed bulbs, consider antique filament-style LEDs or antique-style incandescent lamps, both of which give off a warm light and often with the filaments spiraling or looping in a decorative way, like this bulb from the Bulbrite "Nostalgic" collection.

  • If available, RGB lamps have the capability of producing extremely saturated colors—which can transform a familiar space into one with a whole different feeling.
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Lighting Trends 2018: Recap of Lightovation

Posted on Feb 11, 2018 by Andrea

Last month, Lightovation 2018 took place at the Dallas Market Center in Texas. Lightovation is always a special event, but this year, it was even better than usual.

As Cindy Morris, Dallas Market Center president and CEO, explains: "The January show was clearly the strongest buying event in recent memory as we delivered more of what retailers and designers need: new showrooms, new products, inspiring events, and interaction with industry influencers."

Speaking of inspiration, here are some of the lighting trends we can't wait to share in our showrooms.

 

1. Matte Black. Not that black has ever gone out of fashion, but this "new" trend towards black lighting fixtures is heating up, and we couldn't be happier. Black fixtures are so sleek, so sophisticated, so versatile.

See this lighting trend in action. These gorgeous fixtures from Quoizel's "Reveal" collection complete this kitchen's hip look—while providing ample light. As Quoizel says, "The earth black finish is velvety smooth and contrasts perfectly against the sleek chrome details of the center stem, arms and candle sleeves. Hinged brackets connect the framework in an edgy integration of form and function."

 

2. Revamped Brass Finishes. We've talked about the wonders of brass before. This trend shows no sign of slowing down, and that's a good thing. After all, this is NOT your grandmother's brass, meaning that yellow, mirror-like finish from years ago.

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Interior Design & Lighting Trends: 2018 Edition

Posted on Feb 02, 2018 by Andrea

Koket, bespoke furniture brand, interviewed interior designers to forecast the 2018 interior design trends. We're highlighting a few of their predictions and looking at how these will influence lighting trends.

2018 Prediction: Natural Wood. In Koket's article, Corine Maggio from CM Natural Design says, "Natural wood is very fitting for the times… It's practical and organic for a variety of applications."

Try this trend at home: LZF makes its light fixtures exclusively with wood veneer (check out this feature we did on LZF in January). Cerno also implements wood as a major feature in its light fixtures. Check out this article for more details.

2018 Prediction: Mixing and Matching. Koket quotes Kari McIntosh as saying, "A major trend is layering different eras and textures of furnishings." We couldn't agree more. Interiors that utilize a variety of textures, like this office featured in Design Home 2016, are incredibly charming; lighting can be an easy way to add visual interest or something unexpected.

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